Liverpool put Alberto Aquilani out of his Anfield misery yesterday when they agreed to loan the Italian international to Juventus for the remainder of the season. Aquilani joined Liverpool from Roma a year ago for £20 million (Dh114.1m) but barely featured under previous manager Rafael Benitez and subsequently missed out on a place in the Italy squad for the World Cup in South Africa. The move is subject to the midfielder successfully completing a medical in Turin today.
Meanwhile Roy Hodgson, the Liverpool manager, says he has been boosted by assurances from Inter Milan that they would not attempt to snatch combative midfielder Javier Mascherano away as he prepares for tomorrow's trip to Manchester City. Hodgson, a former Inter coach, has seemingly warded off advances from the Milan club for Mascherano as well as Dirk Kuyt, the Dutch forward. "I spoke to Massimo Moratti [the Inter president] on Wednesday about the fact that they are not going to buy any Liverpool players, and Kuyt comes into that category," Hodgson told the club's website.
"I believe Inter were only interested in two of our players and they are not going to buy them. Moratti said they are not going to do that. Kuyt is not for sale." Hodgson will be without Joe Cole, the England midfielder, for the Eastlands clash as he serves the first match of a three-game suspension for his sending off against Arsenal last Sunday. For City, James Milner, the midfielder, is expected to feature after completing his protracted £25 million (Dh142m) move from Aston Villa last week. Mario Balotelli, the striker who scored on his debut against Romania's FC Timisoara in their Europa League qualifying tie on Thursday, should also be fit after recovery from a knee injury.
* Agencies Man City v Liverpool, tomorrow, 11pm, ADMC Sport 3 & 5; to order: 600-2388 or www.admcsport.com